Three arrested in burglary at Casey’s General Store

Three people are facing charges in connection with a burglary at Casey’s General Store on South Main Street in Cambridge during the early morning hours of Thursday, May 10.

The three arrested were charged in Isanti County District Court on Friday, May 11, before Judge James Dehn with felony, 2nd degree burglary of a building. They include Stephen Thomas Paul, 52, Forest Lake; Robert Dennis Pugh, 52, Shafer and Cara Lyn Tuzzolino, 30, Wyoming.

All of the property stolen from Casey’s were recovered that consisted of 99 cartons of various brands of cigarettes valued at over $5,600, and Tuzzolino’s van was also seized.

Bail amounts for Paul were set at $300,000 without conditions or $150,000 with conditions; $150,000 without conditions or $75,000 with conditions for Pugh; and $20,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions for Tuzzolino. All are scheduled to next appear in court on May 25.

 

According to the criminal complaint:

At 2:30 a.m. on May 10, members of the Cambridge Police Department and the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at Casey’s General Store, 2290 Main St. S., that was activated due to glass breakage and interior motion.

Upon arrival Cambridge Officer Chad Saelens observed a broken front window and several cigarette cartons lying near the broken window.

Deputy Dave Matchinsky and Sergeant James Johnson then arrived on scene and observed wheel marks along a trail travelling to the east toward the railroad tracks. They noticed the marks continued on the other side of the railroad tracks heading east toward 22nd Ave SE. While at that location, they heard a car door slam several times from the dead end area of 22nd Ave. and a minivan driving away eastbound.

A short time later the minivan was found parked near the intersection of 19th Avenue SE. Inside the minivan was a garbage can filled with cigarette cartons.

Members of the Cambridge Police Department, Isanti County Sheriff’s Office and Isanti Police Department secured the area while Chisago County Sheriff’s Sergeant Scott Berg and K-9 “Scout” searched the area. Sergeant Berg and “Scout” located the three suspects hiding in the area.

At Casey’s, officers located a sledgehammer lying on the floor which was used to break the glass and was taken into evidence. Security cameras also showed the suspects entering the store and filling the garbage can with cigarettes.

Investigator Vern Johnson interviewed the suspects, with Paul and Pugh refusing to speak with him. Tuzzolino said she didn’t know Paul and Pugh very well, but they told her she could make some money by going with them. She said she was supposed to act as the ‘look-out’ while Paul and Pugh entered the store.

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